#Omens&Symbols . . . . Nereids


Nereids are Sea nymphs. They symbolize everything that is beautiful and kind about the sea. They have melodious voices and sing as they dance. They are part of Poseidon’s entourage and carry his trident

 Beautiful art by Emily Balivet
Text & image source: GODDESS CENTRAL

Hymn of the Praying Seed


“There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of
wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the
greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world. There is not an act of kindness or
generosity, not an act of sacrifice done, or a word of peace and gentleness spoken . . .
that does not sing hymns to God.”

—Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948)

Text & image source: Tom Woolley

The best six doctors anywhere


“The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.”

~ Wayne Fields

Art Susan Wheeler
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

#FridayFantasy . . . . Come away, O human child!

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand…”

From W.B. Yeats, “The Stolen Child.”

Illustration by Arthur Rackham, “The Changeling,” 1905.
Text & image source: Edmund Dulac

#Omens&Symbols . . . . Smoke Fairies

“You know that smoke from chimneys?
It’s often not smoke,
But a bunch of fairies,
Sharing a joke…”

Illustration of “Smoke Fairies” by Margaret Tarrant, 1924.
Text & image source: Edmund Dulac